This entry is part 499 of 539 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 461! This week Mark and Adam are breaking out and leaving the world in Shards! Back in 2008 WotC gave us Shards of Alara which was a set about the ally three color groups and it was an amazing and important part for the history of the Commander. It gave the format a ton of Legends, multiple format staples, and a ton of ways for causal players to have access to cards to branch out into a ton of decks. But now in 2021, how many of those cards still have what it takes to be in your 99 or even your Commander?  But first we have to take a quick look at some of the new Strange things coming from the Secret Lairs soon.

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CommanderCast Episode 461

Posted: October 25, 2021








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Stranger Things Secret Lair drop


*Worth reading: “As Magic: The Gathering Grows, Fans Aren’t Sure What Its Future Holds,” by Tom Marks


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Lookback: what were the best Commander options for each shard at the time (2008) vs. the current Commander options?





Actual good cards from Shards of Alara



  • Tri-Lands
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